Yeast Mobile Kit - 10 Pack

$88.00

SKU: 1823-00

Yeast Mobiles are - You guessed it! - powered by yeast. Yeast Mobiles must harness the power of pressurized carbon dioxide. They then transfer and develop mechanical advantage through linkages, gears and other mechanisms. When yeast mobiles are finished, they can be turned into rubber band racers and other contraptions. The design possibilities are endless.

Yeast Mobile Educational Goals

 Educational Goals for this Product

  • Utilize the design and engineering process
  • Encourage creativity, problem solving and critical thinking
  • Learn about yeast's conversion of sugar to carbon dioxide
  • Apply the scientific method
  • Innovate (design, build and evolve your own unique yeast mobile)

Yeast Mobile Activity Document Downloads

Engineering Challenges

  • Design the Yeast Mobile in CAD
  • Create a Yeast Mobile that will go the longest distance
  • Create a Yeast Mobile to drag race other Yeast Mobiles
  • Create a Yeast Mobile to pull an object the greatest distance
  • Create a Yeast Mobile that will stop as close to a given distance (marker) as possible
  • Create a Yeast Mobile with a prototype shell (cut, printed, glued posterboard) 

Design and Engineering Labs and Activities

Other useful resources:

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TeacherGeek Tools You'll Need

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Process

Process Description

Recommended Tool 

Alternate Tool

Cutting

Cutting dowels, strips, recycling bin items, etc.

Multi-Cutter

Saw, Pruning Shears

Reaming

Change splined holes in components from press fit (dowels press and stay) to loose fit (dowels are able to slide and rotate).

Reamer

#3 Drill Bit and Drill

Screwing

Tighten and loosen screws

Screwdriver

None

Holding and Pulling

Hold nuts, pull apart components

Pliers (Optional)

None

Sets of tools can be found here.
 

Make your Yeast Mobile even better by incorporating recycling bin material.

Yeast Mobile Components

What's in the Yeast Mobile Activity?

Component: Quantity:
Connector Strips 60
 Vinyl Tubing 1
13ml Cylinder Barrel 20
13ml Cylinder Plunger 20
13ml Cylinder Piston 20
Cylinder Screws 60
Wheels 40
Tires 20
1” Screws 40
300mm Slide-Stop  3
Dowels 40
Stop Clips 20
Hex Nuts 40

 

This is an educational product not a toy. It is intended for use by ages 9 and above with adult supervision.